OSI Group is a giant in the worldwide food industry.
OSI Group is among the largest private companies in the world being ranked at position 58 by Forbes, and the firm has gained the reputation of consistent quality supply of value-added protein products. In the turn of the 20th Century, Chicago was a city on the rise with industries growing and also a surge from immigrants. Otto Kolschowsky is among the immigrants from Germany that settled in the community of Chicago, Illinois. Two years after his arrival, Otto Kolschowsky set up shop in oak park selling meat at a butcher and a small retail meat market. Kolschowsky had the heart of serving his community and he supplied quality beef to his community to great extends that he expanded his small retail shop to a wholesale business. In the next decade, the firm followed an already unique streak of quality meat supply and a focus on customer services, and it was rebranded to become Otto and Sons in the year 1928. A significant moment in the already thriving family business was when Ray Kroc on behalf of the couple Richard and Maurice McDonald launched the first branch of McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines the year 1955. Ray Kroc entered into an agreement with the Otto and sons hence they became the primary supplier of fresh ground beef. Eventually, Ray Kroc became the Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s and implemented a blueprint for a modern franchise that he had in place, the Otto and Sons business had landed a jackpot. The family business became the regular supplier of the chain of McDonald’s that was ever growing across the regions in the country. Over the next two decades, several occurrences took place that spearheaded the growth of Otto and Sons business even further. The business model of Ray Kroc aimed at supplying a restaurant with a consistent product and hamburgers were his product of choice. Subsequently, there was need for suppliers of the franchise such as Otto and Sons to provide a consistent affordable product and Otto and Sons rose to the occasion in a big way. Through application of the technological breakthrough of flash freezing in the closing of the 1960s, Otto and Sons was in a position to supply a variety of products at a reduced cost. The Otto and Sons business became OSI Group in the year 1975 after the shifting of corporate leadership to Sheldon Lavin in the initial stages of the company entering the global market. Through consistent supply of quality and consistent products to their customers OSI Group is one of the giants in the food industry worldwide with over 2000 employees. OSI Group Buys Former Tyson Foods Plant in Chicago